induce

[ in-doos, -dyoos ]
/ ɪnˈdus, -ˈdyus /

verb (used with object), in·duced, in·duc·ing.

to lead or move by persuasion or influence, as to some action or state of mind: to induce a person to buy a raffle ticket.
to bring about, produce, or cause: That medicine will induce sleep.
Physics. to produce (an electric current) by induction.
Logic. to assert or establish (a proposition about a class of phenomena) on the basis of observations on a number of particular facts.
Genetics. to increase expression of (a gene) by inactivating a negative control system or activating a positive control system; derepress.
Biochemistry. to stimulate the synthesis of (a protein, especially an enzyme) by increasing gene transcription.

Nearby words

  1. indricotherium,
  2. indris,
  3. indubitable,
  4. indubitably,
  5. induc.,
  6. induced abortion,
  7. induced drag,
  8. induced emission,
  9. induced enzyme,
  10. induced hypotension

Origin of induce

1325–75; Middle English < Latin indūcere to lead or bring in, introduce, equivalent to in- in-2 + dūcere to lead; cf. adduce, deduce, reduce

Related forms
Can be confusedadduce deduce induce

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British Dictionary definitions for induced

induce

/ (ɪnˈdjuːs) /

verb (tr)

(often foll by an infinitive) to persuade or use influence on
to cause or bring about
med to initiate or hasten (labour), as by administering a drug to stimulate uterine contractions
logic obsolete to assert or establish (a general proposition, hypothesis, etc) by induction
to produce (an electromotive force or electrical current) by induction
to transmit (magnetism) by induction
Derived Formsinducer, nouninducible, adjective

Word Origin for induce

C14: from Latin indūcere to lead in, from dūcere to lead

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Word Origin and History for induced

induce

v.

late 14c., "to lead by persuasions or other influences," from Latin inducere "lead into, bring in, introduce, conduct, persuade," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Meaning "to bring about," of concrete situations, etc., is from early 15c.; sense of "to infer by reasoning" is from 1560s. Electro-magnetic sense first recorded 1777. Related: Induced; inducing.

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Medicine definitions for induced

induce

[ ĭn-dōōs ]

v.

To bring about or stimulate the occurrence of something, such as labor.
To initiate or increase the production of an enzyme or other protein at the level of genetic transcription.
To produce an electric current or a magnetic charge by induction.

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